Neuroscience Shows Dogs See Us As Family

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I came across this informative article about how dogs see humans in Science Mic, written by Theresa Fisher.

We know our pets love us from the way they behave.  And it’s nice that there is also scientific data to further “validate” our knowing, not that we NEED this validation. 🙂  We know what we know.

Below this photo, I am including an excerpt from the article:

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According to Andics, dogs interact with their human caregivers in the same way babies do their parents. When dogs are scared or worried, they run to their owners, just as distressed toddlers make a beeline for their parents. This is in stark contrast to other domesticated animals: Petrified cats, as well as horses, will run away.

Dogs are also the only non-primate animal to look people in the eyes.

“Bonding with owners is much more important for dogs than other pets,” said Andics.

Dogs don’t just seem to pick up on our subtle mood changes — they are actually physically wired to pick up on them.

 

CLICK here to read the entire article.

 

Article source:  Theresa Fisher of Science Mic

Image source:  Thomas Lillis IV on Flickr

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